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Different options at contact
U13–U16 | CONTACT 6
Get your players choosing the right option in contact
- Mark out a 12m square area then divide it into two boxes – box A is 4m wide and box B is 8m wide. Have four attackers, one with a ball, stand at one end of the line that divides the two boxes. Place defenders at 4m and 8m on the dividing line.
- Shout a box to attack, here “B”, and the ball carrier runs into the box followed by the other attackers. At the same time, the first defender comes forward.
- The attackers aim to score at the other end of the box, but the ball carrier can only pass or release the ball after he has made contact with a tackler. At that point, the support players have to shout out which type of pass they want (see below).
- Once past the first defender, they have to beat the next defender who now comes forward.
You will need
- A 12m square area split into a 4m channel and= an 8m channel
- 1 ball
Got more players?
Set up another area and run another game alongside.
What to tell your players
“Aim to get to the sides of the tackler”
“Call early to help ball carrier”
“Get the shoulder into the ball to rip”